i thought i knew all of the nice restaurants in northeast ohio, but apparently there was one that somehow i missed. and i call myself a foodie.
lanning's restaurant in bath (near akron) was a hidden gem to me and i can't wait to go back for more.
it was my thea (aunt in greek) jo's birthday, and when my mom told me where we were going to celebrate i was like, wait, where are we going? i googled the name and found their website. the site isn't anything crazy but i gathered that i was going to a nice steakhouse. i found out that there are at least two couples in my family that got engaged at lanning's, i guess it has been around for years, and some would call it a landmark. who knew??
we had a private room for all 18 of us (we also had family friends in from connecticut), and from the looks of the place i knew i was in for a good meal. we ordered lots of wine, and took a crap load of pictures. i had on a new dress, snap away paparazzi.
so i am constantly on the look out for a good caesar salad. not some heavy creamy grocery store bottled caesar dressing, but a caesar salad made the correct way. when i was young my favorite restaurant was a place in canton called topp's chalet (it burned down when i was in high school), they did table side caesar salad service. and i'm always looking for a salad that replicates that one. well i found it at lanning's it was the perfect combination on lemon, oil, garlic, parmesan and anchovies. delicious.
i got the filet mignon and scampi's as did pretty much everyone else at our table. all of us in unison agreed that it was the best steak they have had in a long while. also there was this fun baked potato topping bar that came with our meals that was so fun, especially for the kids.
by now i had consumed a few glasses of pinot when i had an a-ha moment. i'm glancing out through the full restaurant and i'm noticing all of the waiters and their helpers running around doing their jobs. and by all i mean we seriously had 8 different waiters for our table. anyways, i realized that i hadn't seen a single female staff member. what was this some sort of boys club? i decide to ask our "head server" why there were no females working with him. he said he honestly had no idea and would ask her manager. i wondered it it was because women don't look as good in tuxes.
i mean what if there was a fully qualified women who wanted to work there, would they turn her down? i decided that i needed to fill out an application. now obviously i'm not going to work at lanning's but it was principle.
then my cousin grog brought up a very good point. he's like, um alexa, what about hooter's or christie's? they don't exactly have male servers.
i decided not to turn my application in.
it was an interesting observation with the male wait staff and i'll just chalk it up to classic elegance. this was hands down one of the best meals i have had in a very very long time and if anyone out there has a special occasion to celebrate or if you just want a great steak, check the place out. it is well worth the drive.